The Los Angeles Lakers chose to unveil the statue for their late-great champion Kobe Bryant today, on 2-8-24, a nod to the two numbers he sported.
Kobe Bryant played his entire career for the Lakers, spanning 20 years and five NBA championships. The “Black Mamba” embodied what it meant to be a Laker, and there was never a doubt that he would one day get a statue in his honor.
Obviously, the celebratory day has a dark cloud hanging over it, with Kobe Bryant not being there for the ceremony dedicated to his NBA career.
It’s now just over four years since Bryant and his daughter Gianna passed away in a tragic helicopter crash, which also claimed the lives of seven others.
His tragic passing is what made the moment of his statue dedication that much more emotional, and the NBA on TNT crew did their best to match the moment with this tribute that aired shortly beforehand: